Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sayeed Khokon has said that 60-70% of the citizens of Dhaka are unhappy due to traffic congestion, which is also the primary cause of family strife.
He made the statement while addressing a public discussion for DSCC ward 19 at the Siddheshwari Boys’ High School premises on Wednesday.
The DSCC mayor said: "We are working to solve traffic jam issues. When I was elected, 90% of the roads were damaged. But today, 85% of the roads are suitable for movement.”
In addition, Mayor Sayeed has assured that the damaged roads will be repaired in about a month’s time, by the end of the current dry season.
The mayor further said that the DSCC will start a campaign to uproot illegal tea stalls, shops, and hawkers from footpaths on Thursday.
Following the mayor’s speech, locals of ward 19 raised their concerns before him. Chief among them were the rapid spread of the drug trade and hijackings on the roads near Mouchak Market, Magbazar Doctor Lane, Commissioner Gali, as well as on Siddheshwari Lane 16 and 21.
Furthermore, a student of Siddheshwari University College demanded the installation of CCTV cameras to catch perpetrators of crimes, as armed robberies often took place on the roads from Mouchak to the Moghbazar Wireless area.
While the mayor said that steps to address all of these issues would begin from Thursday, he added that citizens needed to play their roles as well.
“This city does not belong only to the Mayor. Each ward was given 100 waste bins, but most of them have been stolen. You (citizens) also have some responsibilities, and the responsibility to keep the city clean is one of them,” he said.
Meanwhile, the DSCC mayor also warned against any chaos and violence following the verdict in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case filed against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
“The verdict of a case against Khaleda Zia is pending. This was filed by the caretaker government. It has no relation with the Awami League. If any anarchy arises after the verdict, it will be resisted. If a citizen is assaulted, it will not be accepted,” Mayor Sayeed Khokon said.
Ward 19 Councilor Munshi Kamruzzaman Kajal, DSCC Chief Executive Officer Khan Mohammad Belal, and Dhaka Metropolitan South Jubo League President Ismail Hossain Chowdhury Samrat also spoke at the program, among others.
This article was first published on banglatribune.com